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    #1

    had to/ didn't have to

    1. ''She had to walk home everyday last year''.

    2. ''She didn't have to walk home everyday last year''.


    According to first sentence, I want to make it negative. So, can we say the second sentence is the negative form of the first sentence? If not, what is the correct one?

    Thanks.

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    Re: had to/ didn't have to

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorkem Atay View Post
    2. ''She didn't have to walk home everyday last year''.
    It sounds to me as if 'she didn't have to walk home daily but occasionally'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: had to/ didn't have to

    I am not a teacher.

    The negative of 'She had to...' is, 'She didn't have to...' so in that sense you are perfectly correct.

    The result of making sentence 1. negative is simply to say that that statement is not true. Matthew has put his finger on the question of meaning. There is no information about the number of days that she did have to walk home last year, if indeed there were any.

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    #4

    Re: had to/ didn't have to

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorkem Atay View Post
    1. ''She had to walk home every day last year''.

    2. ''She didn't have to walk home every day last year''.


    According to first sentence, I want to make it negative. So, can we say the second sentence is the negative form of the first sentence? If not, what is the correct one?

    Thanks.
    "every day" should be two separate words in your sentences.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Jul-2014 at 17:49. Reason: Fixing typo

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